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Few beaches have been as fabled as Waikiki. Since the 1950s, this beach has been a tourist destination. Upon seeing the white sand beaches and crystal blue waters, there won't be any question why this beach is so popular. If that wasn't enough, the beach is also one of the best places to surf on the island. During the night, visitors strut their clubwear on the beachwalk, and lovers find peaceful little nooks under the cover of sweeping palm trees. Affording scenic views of the Diamond Head, the beach exists quite in tandem with Hawaii's laid-back spirit.
Located about a half-hour from Waikiki near the small country town of Waimanalo on the windward side of Oahu, this beach is simply gorgeous and crowd-free most of the time. The shoreline is wide, and the sand is soft and thick. This is one of the only beaches on the island that can be closed for military training, and there is also a portion of the beach designated for those with military IDs. Surf break is consistent and fun for all levels, but kids should be supervised at all times since rogue waves can appear suddenly. No surfing is allowed between the two lifeguard towers. This lifeguarded beach comes along with free parking, picnic tables, restrooms and showers.
Windsurfers, a breed apart from regular humans and similar to wave surfers, travel from far-distant corners of the world to hit this top windsurfing beach. When the water is flat, they simply sit and wait. When the wind starts, they head here in droves. If you are not a windsurfer, you can still enjoy the warm waters and gentle surf of this famous, beautiful beach. Barbecue facilities, bathrooms and showers are available.